When it Comes to Storage Units, Does Size Matter?

By Storbox Self-Storage on December 4, 2013 - Comments off

Once you decide that you need a self-storage unit, the next step is to determine how much space you need. Estimating the amount of space you require can prove challenging. We are here to help. Here are a few steps to help you choose the right sized unit.

Figure Out What You Want to Store

Make an exhaustive list of everything you want to store. It is important to write down all of the large items you want out of your home, but you should also list smaller items that can fit into large boxes.

Group the Items

Identify which items will need to be packed in boxes and if they can be safely stacked on top of each other. Make notes regarding which boxes you’ll want to easily access. Label the boxes so that you know which ones to store near the doorway. Then, group your items by weight. Consider the weight of your items, which belongings can bear weight and which are fragile or awkwardly sized.

How Will the Items be Packed?

Oddly-shaped items should be placed in a box, crate, or container so they are stackable. Boxes that are of uniform size can be stacked to save room, but if they are made of cardboard, it may not be advisable to stack them more than three or four high. This is why you may want to use heavy-duty plastic stackable drawers.

How Much Room Do You Need?

How much room you’ll need depends on the stability and size of your items. Typically, a 5×5 foot room can hold a chest of drawers, small items, and a small mattress set. A 5×10 room can basically hold the furnishings of a mid-size bedroom, including a queen size bed. A 10×10 room can hold the contents of two bedrooms or one family room. You’ll need at least a 10×15 room if you have three bedrooms’ worth of items or if you want to store couches, tables, or a piano. A 10×20 room will hold the contents of a five-bedroom house and a 10×30 room can handle a five- to seven-bedroom house.

What You’ll Find

At STORBOX, we have room to fit all your needs, including 5×5, 5×10, 7.5×10, 10×10, 10×15, 10×20, and 10×30 units. It’s always a good idea to visit and get a feel for the size of our rooms in person. To find out more, call us today at (626) 793-9888.

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